Label: Fearless Records
Released: 6th April 2018
They said it would never happen, but here we are. It’s 2018, and there’s a new record from Underoath. Opener ‘It Has To Start Somewhere’ creeps into view before letting loose, still furious after all this time. It’s cleaner and more direct than Underoath of old, but that doesn’t come at the expense of their might.
With songs about losing family, losing freedom and losing your way, the record wants a new start. Or at least a break to catch its breath.
‘Ihateit’ sees them at their poppiest, wrapping up admissions of addiction, loneliness and let down in crystal swells and bursting open spaces. Moments later ‘Hold Your Breathe’ marches in, industrial boots laced up, kicking down walls to make space for the biggest chorus on the record. ‘No Frame’ follows, moody, haunting and electric. ‘On My Teeth’ takes the classic model and updates it while ‘Bloodlust’ actually twinkles in the light.
Always unpredictable, ‘Erase Me’ takes years of growth, exploration and adventure and weaves it all together. There’s still bite, still fury, still frustration that things aren’t better but rather than screaming into the darkness, the band make sure every grievance and moment of self-doubt is heard.
The best thing about ‘Erase Me’ isn’t just the simple fact that it exists. It’s that it sounds like Underoath in 2018. No, no one knew what to expect but now we’ve got it, it makes perfect sense. Ali Shutler